Random Cards News: Tasty Tuesday Edition

Long time Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa will be back in town this weekend for Winter Warm-up as well as an event he and broadcaster Bob Costas will headline at the Peabody Opera House that includes TLR’s annual variety show and a special event called “World Series 2011: A Champ’s Perspective.”

According to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach:

“The event will feature quite a bit of nuts-and-bolts baseball talk, and that has La Russa especially enthused. He’s looking forward to breaking down the tactics and strategies that went into many of the key moments of the Cardinals’ charge to the postseason and run to the world title.”

Here’s a little more on the event from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss.

* The guys at the Post-Dispatch are pondering what a full season with a healthy David Freese could bring. I don’t know… maybe some more of this! That never gets old! Here’s the ponderings!

* With 20-percent or 112 votes, Mark McGwire missed the Hall of Fame again this year. Big congratulations are in order for great Reds SS Barry Larkin for getting in on his third ballot with 86-percent or 495 votes.  Here’s more on that from SBNation St. Louis.

* Ryan Madson is another pitcher the Cardinals are rumored to be looking at for relief. Really don’t know how to feel about this … the guy was looking for Johnathan Papelbon money. We’re talking multiple years and around $50 million. But with all the money flying around this off-season, the market for closers seems to have crashed a little.

What’s that mean? That means he’s in the Cards price range. Bet you are giving a big cheer to those prospects, huh! He’s going to be happy to be taking less than expected AND he won’t be taking Jason Motte’s job as The Closer? Oh well, that’s just another one of the many wait and see things we have to look forward to this season! Here’s more from NBCSports.com on Madson.

Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda. 

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